Once upon a time, Rabbi Yisroel Belsky was the featured speaker at OU events. These days he is like the crazy uncle you try to hide in the attic.
The OU held its annual in-house conference for rabbinic coordinators and rabbinic field representatives. Below is their description of the speakers roster:
The opening remarks were delivered by Harvey Blitz, chair of the OU Kashrus Commission. The shiur was given by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, posek for OU Kosher, on Modern Technology Use for Kosher Supervision. A question and answer session was conducted by Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of OU Kosher.
Rabbi Avrohom Juravel, OU Kosher’s director of technical services, delivered a lecture on kashrus concerns for mixed (dairy and pareve) factories. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, posek for OU Kosher, gave a talk imparting words of inspiration. Edmundo Gabaldon, director of operations at Cargil Foods Mexico, was honored for his dedication and excellence in support of the OU’s programs serving the community worldwide. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, executive rabbinic coordinator for OU Kosher, gave an OU Direct session on Technology and Modern Tools for rabbinic field representatives.
New executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, Allen Fagin, gave words of thanks and encouragement to all of the attendees.
Gone is his old title, senior posek, he has no specific topic. He is sandwiched between eight other people. All the other rabbis had halachic content. Words or inspiration are nice but not high prestige in a meeting of kashruth experts. As they say in the kosher business, he was battel beshishim because his taam was not the ikkur and in fact, is undesirable.
At this point, no one can stomach him, but Genack does not have the guts or moral character to fire him. So in the words of John Erlichman, Richard Nixon’s Counsel, Belsky is being left “twisting, slowly, slowly in the wind.”
See also, other Frum Follies posts about Belsky